With the help of a smooth talking tomcat, a family of Parisian felines set to inherit a fortune from their owner try to make it back home after a jealous butler kidnaps them and leaves them in the country.
Alice is a daydreaming young girl. She finds learning poems and listening to literature boring. She prefers stories with pictures and to live inside her imagination. One day, while enduring just such a poetry reading, she spots a large white rabbit...dressed in a jacket and carrying a large watch. He scurries off, saying he's late, for a very important date. She follows him through the forest. He then disappears down a rabbit hole. Alice follows, leading her to all manner of discoveries, characters and adventures.Written by
The original novel was called "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" (1865) but that was not always the intended name. The title used by Lewis Carroll in his unprinted manuscript "Alice's Adventures Under Ground". Prior to publication other titles were considered but rejected, including the misleading "Alice Among the Fairies" (though no fairies appear in the novel) and the vague "Alice's Golden Hour". See more »
At the start of the film, Alice is sitting on a tree branch as her sister Lorina sits at the base of the tree reading aloud, but when Alice wakes up at the end of the film, she is sitting in Lorina's spot and Lorina is standing up. It is possible that Alice fidgeted and moved around significantly while in "Wonderland", and Lorina changed her own position accordingly. See more »
[reading from a history book]
"... leaders, and had been of late much accustomed to usurpation and conquest. Edwin and Morcar, the Earls of Mercia and Northumbria, declared for him: and even Stigand..." Alice.
[camera zooms out to show Alice sitting in a tree, playing with Dinah and making a crown of daisies]
Hmm? Oh, I'm listening.
"And even Stigand, the archbishop of Canterbury, agreed to meet with William and offer him the crown. William's conduct at first was moderate."
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A 1987 airing on ABC made the following cuts:
1) Alice's song "In a World of My Own".
2) After Alice left the Caucus race, there was a commercial break. Following the break, the film picked up at the garden of live flowers scene. This means that the scene with Tweedledum and Tweedledee and the Walrus and the Carpenter and the scene in the White Rabbit's house were cut.
3) The Cheshire Cat's first scene was cut, meaning that his first appearance was not until after the Tulgey Woods scene.
4) Several of the creatures in the Tulgey Woods scene were removed, and so was the simultaneous song "Very Good Advice".
5) The entire trial sequence was cut, going from the croquet game straight to the final chase.
...and certainly "Pinocchio" had a more popular and memorable song score, but for my money I'd pick "Alice In Wonderland" as one of Walt Disney's top achievements in animation. From Lewis Carroll's story, and filled with knock-out colors (pinks and blues and reds on inky blacks), this episodic tale would not have worked so well if the direction hadn't been so graceful, setting a light, jovial mood, and the songs so tongue-trippingly clever. Alice herself (voiced by Kathryn Beaumont) is lovely and funny, the supporting characters appropriately manic, and the quiet moments gently even out the craziness (as with the Tulgey Wood/"Very Good Advice" sequence). Disney certainly runs hot ("Pinocchio", "Bambi") and cold ("The Sword and the Stone"), but this fantastic journey into nonsense, from a practically-unfilmable book, is endlessly interesting from a visual standpoint. ***1/2 from ****
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